Is it safe to travel during the October holiday? Epidemiologist Wu Zunyou responded
Currently, on the Chinese mainland, the virus can only be found in hospitalized patients, people placed under medical observation and laboratories, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said during an interview with China Central Television.
"It is now impossible to contract the virus in social environments, including schools and workplaces," he said. "There is no need to place extra restrictions on tourists out of concern for COVID-19 infections, though necessary travel safety precautions should be taken due to large gatherings."
According to the National Health Commission, as of September 13, there had been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in China for 29 consecutive days.
After months of exploring and practicing strategies aimed at fending off imported infections, China has improved its knowledge in this aspect and is capable of gradually increasing incoming flights.
All incoming travelers will be managed in a closed-off loop and will not pose risks to local residents.